Friday, April 22, 2016

to topiary or not to topiary.

Good morning and it's Friday and earth day!

I guess I took a little beginning of April blog break here and it's time to share again.

The weather is turning from winter to spring, almost summer here so in between store and work we have been busily getting our gardens cleaned out, raking, setting up our patio again, turning the pond back into a gorgeous water feature instead of green sludge land with fish. This time of year I always get antsy to put out plants along with the cleaning but our nights are just too cold still and the fear of frost keeps the money in my wallet until the plants won't just shrivel and die. I did make up a little wicker planter with colourful pansies for our back table just to get me through though.

And continuing on with some green rambling since it is earth day. Although shouldn't every day kind of be earth day. Where we pay attention to what we throw out and where. Plant a tree, recycle, don't put your batteries in the garbage etc.

I know that's a bit of my tree hugging green thumb coming through there.

In store I just picked up a good amount of myrtle topiaries that so many people have been asking for (and they really are quite easy to care for) and eugenia topiaries for larger planters and hopefully soon to decorate our porches and patios.

There's just something about a topiary that adds that classic look to any space.
In a big white pot it looks a tich modern, a galvanized bucket more rustic traditional and in a wicker basket country chic. You choose I guess.

so here obviously you can see the size difference between the 3.5" lemon cypress topiary to the 6" eugenia. They do however look quite good together. Maybe a group of 3?

loi's topiaries are everywhere on pinterest as he has a huge collection perfectly trimmed and they mostly live in aged terracotta. just gorgeous!

one of the myrtles in store in a mossy green clay pot. you can trim these plants as much or as little as you want to keep them perfect or a little messy.

i love the wall arrangement in this room never mind all the excellent plantings that are around as well. [source]

i am pretty sure i would gasp aloud walking into a nursery that just had these sitting like this in terracotta. [source]

That's it for me here today all,

Have a great weekend,


What we're listening to:
Starfish and Coffee: Prince (RIP)
Can't Let you do it: Eric Clapton
Night Moves: Bob Seger

Thursday, March 31, 2016

LARGE & modern

Good morning all,

So everyone survived the chocolate coma brought on by that little rabbit last weekend and the chaos of the grocery stores from being closed 2 days?

It's such a fun thing now getting all the emails from long time readers and new people about how much they are starting to enjoy plants from high to low maintenance.

Adding that kick of green to your home can make all the difference but also knowing your level of commitment to the green lovelies will help with your success. Buying a plant that requires a bit of daily care when you know you work 60 hours a week, are forgetful, or are self admittedly lazy will only bring upon disappointment in the end.

Today we are going to build a big and modern succulent planter.
and luckily it has no daily needs other than a lot of light.

Skill level : beginner
Cost: $$ [depending on your container and amount of succulents the cost could obviously get a bit higher]
Time: 15 min plus supply pick up
large round or square planter that suits your space but is unfussy in looks
10-20 mini succulents
cactus soil
filler such as bubble wrap

the planter i am using today is a large round galvanized container and stands about 5" high.

because i am planning on using succulents i want some drainage to make sure their feet "roots" don't stay wet and i want to save myself some soil so i stuffed the bottom with a bubble wrap sheet. you can use plastic bags, empty yogurt containers upside down, whatever works and then pile your soil right on top leaving about a 1/2 inch from the top of your planter because you need space for the gravel to settle into.

gently line up you succulents so they are nestled in tight to one another in your desired pattern, i choose a straight line knowing i wanted a more graphic look once the gravel is added.
this is also a good step to gently water your plants prior to adding the gravel. when you are using new soil from the bag it is light and fluffy so if you do the gravel and then water the fluffy will come through ruining your new white landscape.

add your gravel to fill in the spaces and use a spoon or fork to gently life the larger plants to get the stone in all areas so no soil is showing

et voila.
your new modern planter is ready for the coffee table, dining room table, wherever you like as long as it is very bright.

this planter will need water about every week and a half but every home is different so do a little finger test for dampness. when in doubt wait a few more days as succulents would much rather neglect than over watering.

Have a fantastic day everyone and enjoy the last day of March.
Time for some April flowers, or was it showers?


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Signs of spring on the main floor

Good morning!

This early spring thing has me a little giddy this year. It wasn't a particularly hard winter but listening to the light rain yesterday while doing paperwork and seeing the green buds of my bulbs just starting to creep through has me drifting. Thoughts of getting my hands in the dirt, feet up on a lounger at night has been slightly distracting.

In order to help with some of the distraction I flipped our house out of winter mode the past few weeks and into spring mode. I love seasonal decorating as it isn't holiday specific, refreshes your home in a way that makes me smile when I walk around and changes the look of a space with minimal effort.

Away went the furs, plaids and reindeer.
Out came the bunnies, indigos and plants a plenty.

Our spring home tour of the main floor,

i always like this peek through look from our sofa, that catches the back of the sofa table (and my new yoga rabbit in cobra position), the azalea on our coffee table and the mantel all in one shot

the spring mantel. bunnies, terracotta, mushrooms and green
and don't tigers just scream spring. not really but they are our staple

not that it's unusual for me with the green but i made the sofa table a collection of our green glass including my ever growing collection of flower frogs. this table was very simple for winter so i am enjoying the heavier mix for now

our front entrance is not much different but that vintage watkins carrier on the floor with the hydrangea finally came home with me. when i say finally i mean i left it in an antique store 7 times over a 2 year period for various reasons, too much money, no place for it and then when i was there around my birthday it just stared at me and since 99% of the the vintage i buy now goes to the store i went with a little treat for myself. it kind of felt like an orphaned piece that needed a home so i adopted it.

we've had this big urn in the dining room for a few years but would you believe this is the first time i have actually planted it with live plants. loving the look with the golden moss and maidenhair ferns

Hope you enjoyed your slice of spring.

For anyone local this weekends shop hours are below for visiting,

Have a lovely day everyone,


** DISCLAIMER: for my local readers that may be new here. this blog is how the shop you visit started and occasionally the posts you see involve my actual home. many of the items resemble items in the shop or may actually be items that can be found there however, the ones found in the photos of my home are not for sale no matter how nicely you ask **

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Good morning everyone,

I can hardly believe we are standing on the threshold of April already this year. Easter weekend is upon us and the rabbits are a hopping. Outside, inside, all over the place. I had time this week to take some photos of our spring house so will share in the coming days.

Today I would like to share some of my favourites for the month of March in the shop. It was really hard to choose this month as there is so much new coming in almost daily right now for the spring season. I don't typically pick vintage favourites as there is a "one only" kind of thing happening and although I consider myself pretty lucky in finding good vintage it goes faster than I find myself having time to hunt it so by the time I take a photo it has likely found a new home.

It's interesting to me as new people find the store and aren't into the pinterest/blog thing. They likely won't read this but we have found quite a few people who don't understand the "real" vintage thing. They are unconvinced of the actual nature of the found objects or don't understand wanting anothers junk. 
We vintage bloggers live to junk and sometimes forget not everyone wants to have anothers left behind treasures in their home. They don't want to recycle, they want new.
I myself love the combination hence the style of the shop.
What's your style?

This months favourites.
The newly hung hanging garden.
The shop has a drop ceiling and it makes it a bit difficult to hang things all willy nilly from the ceiling so after a few months of yakking about it and having Trevor listen to my plan we finally pulled it off one night 2 weeks ago.

It sold out the first weekend but we have gotten a good handle of having a few spares made and I love the look and height it gives in the front of the shop.

 the hanging garden is to the right of this photo but it also shows the new "old" white metal shelves we found that allow us much more space for organized planters and plants.

Favourite plant of the month:


striking green and white leaves with a lovely pink flower.
easy to care for and modern in appearance

wood slice look ceramic

looks like a slice of wood but with all the water tightness of ceramic. perfect for ferns 

vegan natural soap

I love bringing more local into the shop. This soap is made in Niagara Falls and smells and works great. Trevor and I have become a bit of essential oil junkies since October after attending an informal information setting. We went into it eyes open and have since reaped the benefits least of which is sleeping better. These soaps just remind me of the great smells of our diffuser and I love knowing the products we carry are made with love and knowledge but not run solely by the budget that cuts corners.


simple, lovely

and lastly this month's pillow combinations:

the first is a neutral snake cotton paired with a black ticking

the second is a spring blue botanical print paired with hemp linen

That's it for today everyone,


What I'm listening to:
Ghetto Walkin'- Miles Davis, Robert Glasper
In a Sentimental Mood- John Coltrane